Bringing the United States and Vietnam Closer Together through Educational Exchange


Marjorie Margolies

Photo of  Marjorie Margolies Marjorie Margolies is currently President of Women's Campaign International (WCI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan NGO dedicated to increasing the participation of women in decision-making processes throughout the world. During the past several years, WCI has conducted successful programs in over twenty countries including Liberia, Ethiopia, Colombia, Malawi, Tanzania, Venezuela, Bosnia, Romania, Namibia and Sri Lanka.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a CBS News Foundation Fellow at Columbia University, Marjorie began her career as a television journalist at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. From 1971-1991, Marjorie was a journalist with NBC and its owned and operated stations in both New York and Washington, DC. She was contributing correspondent to the Today Show, Sunday Today, A Closer Look, CNBC, and Real Life with Jane Pauley. Marjorie's reporting has won five Emmy Awards as well as numerous other awards.

In 1992, Marjorie was the first woman ever elected to Congress from Pennsylvania in her own right. She was also the first Democrat since 1916 elected from Pennsylvania's 13th district. During her term in the House, Marjorie sat on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with subcommittee assignments on Oversight and Investigations and Telecommunications and Finance. In addition, she was a member of the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Government Operations.

In 1995, Marjorie served as the Director of the United States delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Marjorie is currently teaching at both the Fels Institute of Government and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches a variety of courses including; "Women Leaders in Emerging Democracies" based on her work with WCI, "Women in Legislatures," "Dealing with the Media" a course looking at the way that politics and the media interact, and another focusing on Immigration and the next generation. During 2000, she was a senior fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania as part of their Institute for Public Service. At Annenberg she also taught two classes, including the course on empowering women and one on political conventions. She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow giving lectures at universities throughout the country.

Marjorie was the first unmarried U.S. citizen to adopt a foreign child. Lee Heh arrived from Korea in 1970 and was joined four years later by Holly from Vietnam. Marjorie chronicled their experiences in the 1976 bestseller, They Came to Stay, the first of four books she has authored. Her most recent book written in 1993, is entitled A Woman's Place . . . The Freshmen Women Who Changed the Face of Congress.

She is the mother of a combined family of 11 children and with the refugee families she has been sponsoring over the years, her household has taken care of 25 children.